Teach Your Heart (Far North #3)
by Tracey Alvarez
Summary from Goodreads:
Some lessons are harder to learn than others…
Doctor O-for-Awesome Owen Bennett is all about fixing broken things. Then the arrival of his orphaned nieces and nephew for twelve weeks causes his workaholic life to plummet into chaos. Hiring the beautiful but unpredictable Gracie Cooper as a live-in nanny might just get him out of a tight spot…or it could seduce him into a reckless affair.
After four years flitting around Europe, waitress/dog-walker/au-pair Gracie Cooper has returned home to New Zealand. Her plans to hang out with her big brother change when Owen offers a perfect solution to her crippling university debt. In spite of her sexy-stick-in-the-mud boss, she’ll spend fun days playing in Bounty Bay’s sand and surf with three cute kids. At summer’s end she’ll follow the sun overseas again.
Gracie and Owen’s opposites-attract connection is so unexpected and powerful that their foundations are rocked. But some things aren’t easy to fix. Some past hurts can’t be run from forever. And the lessons they teach each other risk breaking their hearts.
Tracey Alvarez’s books always make me happy, and Teach Your Heart was no exception. You may think you have read this story before (opposites attract-workaholic doctor meets free spirit or something like it) but this author has a way to turn any story into a unique, charming and heartwarming tale. These are the kind of books that leave you with a smile on your face for days.
I loved the characters just as much as I loved the setting -and to be clear, the setting of these stories is at the top of my favorites list. If I could pick a book world to live in, it would definitely be the one in this series. As far as the characters go, Owen had a bit of an unusual upbringing and as a result of this he became a career driven doctor. As an adult he uses his job as a way to hide, always volunteering for extra shifts because he finds it easier to deal with work than with the things going on in his life. Gracie, on the other hand changes jobs regularly and travels to wherever she wants, never really settling down. When Owen is faced with the challenging task of taking care of his nieces and nephew, everything changes. Children have a way of bringing people together and putting things in perspective. As Gracie and Owen’s paths cross they both learn some valuable lessons. Teach Your Heart was the beautiful story of two very different people finding each other and realizing what is truly important.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
5 out of 5 stars